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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Queens Mourn The Passing Of Chi Chi DeVayne

By Kristy Puchko | TV | August 21, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | August 21, 2020 |


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Yesterday, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans were shocked to learn of the untimely death of Chi Chi DeVayne (Zavion Davenport). Also stunned and shattered was this beloved queen’s Drag Race family. RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and a long list of Chi Chi’s drag sisters shared their grief, their memories, and their love of this incredible icon.





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Love you forvever!

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I'm truly devastated.

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RIP this sweet angel 😢

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❤️

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We love you Chi Chi 💔💔💔

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💔 @chichidevayneofficial

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On set with Chi Chi Devayne filming the commercial for Rupaul’s Drag Race the second day we ever met she was in awe of everything. She admitted she had never seen any of what was going on around her before. Pointing out the moving camera and right light on a crane that passes us by, “I’ve never seen anything like that before” with a deep southern accent she laughs. I was always trying to pump her confidence and tell her, “get used to it because you’re gonna win this thing and all this is going to be normal for you”. I miss her so much. On tour I would always want to go out to a local bar and Chi Chi was the only girl first to be down and flirt with the locals in a bar or pub. I miss her so much. Last time I saw her I was hoping to relive our “Bitch Perfect” number from the show. She kept telling me she wasn’t the same. I was telling her I am not the same since the show either. We don’t need to be doing flips or hang upside down if she don’t want to.When I saw her she was thinner and more gorgeous than ever I might add. But she had definitely lost mobility and energy. She was afraid to tell me what she could or couldn’t do in hopes to not make me worry. The worst part is that she never wanted to others to worry for her or know that she had issues. I miss her so much. I really don’t know what to say. I can keep talking about all the crazy adventures and trouble we got into, but I am just missing her. I found this random LIVE pulled from when we were first going on tour from being on TV a few years back. Here I am showing her how to go live. She later figured out that Instagram live and did it better than I ever will. I miss you Chi Chi!!

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Finally, a message from Davenport’s family, posted to Chi Chi’s Instagram:

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The official notification from his family!

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.




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